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Antarctic Peninsula

Antarctica Cruise

  • Le Lyrial Antarctica
  • Luxury Expedition Ship
  • 199 Capacity
  • 11 Days
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Summary : Explore the mythical White Continent. Sail through the famous Drake Passage and reach the Polar Front, marking the meeting of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Arrive in Neko Bay, discovered by the Belgian explorer, Adrien de Gerlache. The ancient whaling station of Deception Island will reveal its colony of Chinstrap Penguins. Sail through waters often populated by killer whales, humpback whales and other cetaceans – one of the many amazing sights on this this remarkable journey.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking

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Itinerary
Day 1
Buenos Aires / Ushuaia, Argentina

Board your flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, Argentina. Considered to be the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia is the capital of Tierra del Fuego, lying at the very tip of Argentina looking out over the Beagle Channel. This surprising little town of 45,000 people is surrounded by mountains and fertile plains. Tierra del Fuego's forests cover the lower slopes of the Andean mountains which are crowned with snow-capped peaks - a unique and unforgettable sight.

Day 2 – 3
Drake Passage

Crossing the Drake is a rite of passage and commences your journey to the White Continent. Located exactly between the southern tip of South America and the Antarctic Peninsula, the Drake Passage extends over 800 kilometers from Cape Horn to Livingston Island. You may have plentiful wildlife viewing opportunities including sea birds such as petrels and albatross that follow in your wake. Attend lectures on the history, environment and wildlife of the Antarctic Peninsula in preparation for your first excursions.

Day 4 – 8
Antarctic Peninsula

Visiting Antarctica means exploring the largest, wildest and most extreme of all the continents; discover a land dominated by white, a mysterious stretch of ice with seemingly infinite nuances of color. At the gateway to this final frontier, surrounded by the vast expanse of sea ice, get as close as possible to the most unspoiled nature and vast animal colonies. Set off to meet peaceful penguins, the emblem of these icy regions, and journey through their colonies with their constant movement to and from the sea. During your trip, you may encounter majestic humpback whales whose huge and powerful blue tail fins pound the surface of the water. Dependent upon sea and ice conditions, your expedition explores a variety of destinations, including Paradise Bay, Pleneau Island, Port Lockroy, Deception Island and the Weddell Sea.

Neko – Paradise Bay
Deep in Andvord Bay, find this little corner of paradise at the foot of an immense glacier. Neko Bay is one of the most beautiful sights of the Antarctic Peninsula. It was discovered by the Belgian explorer Adrien de Gerlache during his 1897-99 Antarctic expedition. Mountains, snow, ice and unspoiled nature combine to offer a unique landscape. Wildlife is as abundant as it is exceptional: sea birds such as gulls, Cape Petrels and Cormorants, as well as marine mammals including seals, orcas and whales. Excursions aboard Zodiacs allow you to sail close to blue icebergs or disembark near colonies of penguins, observe leopard seals basking on the shore or watch the Antarctic Terns flying overhead.

Deception Island
Nestled at the heart of the South Shetland Islands, in the north of the Antarctic Peninsula, Deception Island is easy to recognize for its horseshoe shape. This island was once an active volcano whose crater collapsed some 10,000 years ago, producing a caldera which was then flooded by the sea, creating a natural port. Entrance to the port is via a narrow channel called Neptune’s Bellows. For a long time, this was an important whaling port and the intensity of this activity has left traces that have withstood time. On the black sand of the volcanic beaches, there are remains of abandoned huts that have been overrun by the extraordinary wildlife. It is on these beaches of ash that the largest colony of Chinstrap Penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula has taken up residence. Excursions aboard Zodiac will allow you to set foot on this expanse of land where more than 100,000 pairs of penguins nest.

Day 9 – 10
Drake Passage

Return to port as you reflect on your Antarctic adventure with fellow shipmates and enjoy the company of sea birds that follow in the ship's wake.

Day 11
Ushuaia / Buenos Aires, Argentina

Disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires.

Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation on this expedition, all passengers must purchase medical evacuation insurance. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.

Included:
Roundtrip flights between Buenos Aires/Ushuaia in Economy-class; meet and greet by your representatives in Ushuaia and transfer from airport to ship; optional Tierra del Fuego National Park excursion; meals on board the ship; Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; luggage transfer between pier and ship; mineral water, tea, filter coffee, a selection of white, red and rosé wines offered during meals, afternoon tea; open bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands - list available upon request); port and safety taxes; on disembarkation day, transfer from ship to airport; crew gratuities; 24 hour room service (special selection); parka. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare except as mentioned; passport and visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable; airport taxes; any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned; spa charges; boot rental; beverages other than those mentioned; laundry services, hair salon; personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions; cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s); fuel surcharge may apply.